A simple bowl, a simple name. The bond.
According to WIEGO (Women in Informal Employment Globalizing and Organizing) Women account for half (51%) of the total construction labour force in India. Women workers are almost exclusively unskilled, casual, manual laborers; carrying bricks, cement, sand, and water and digging earth, mixing cement, or breaking stones. Women are rarely found in male-dominated skilled trades: carpentry, masonry, plumbing, electrical wiring (Jhabvala and Kanbur 2002).
At least six million women use a bond as their work tool. It’s hard physical labour working on construction, and for some women it’s a very tough life. They must take their children with to a dangerous large site in the city. For the women who work with us in the villages, their load is not so heavy. Rebecca works as her husbands laborer – she and Moses actually also live in a hands on house and their two daughters are being educated. Read her story here, and see their house.